What’s needed in This Year’s State of the Union

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Every year, modern Presidents have given speeches that outline where they want to take the country in the coming year and for the rest of their term. This speech is called the State of Union and President Barack Obama will give this year’s speech tomorrow. Previews of the speech suggest that the President will layout …

Here’s to a Happy Drama-Free Thanksgiving

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Of all the holiday blog segments written each year, this is by far the best one. We at the ebTDesign Forum wish you and yours a happy and drama-free Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for the support you and your peers have shown. This year has been remarkable because of the Olympics and the many …

SNICE at any age, 4 years in the making

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Just as the financial crisis was about to push the United States into the Great Recession, we at the ebTDesign Forum started the Strategic Network for Industry Cluster Empowerment (SNICE). This LinkedIn Group was inspired by a non-economic developer who asked, “how do I keep my community together?” The answer arrived fully formed, industry cluster …

What’s on Your Wish List for 2012?

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Last year, we at the ebTDesign Forum spent a lot time talking with economic developers from around the country about the challenges they see ahead. This year, it looks like economic recovery is finally taking hold in the United States. So, we would like to change the tack a little bit and ask what’s on …

Away Message: Happy Thanksgiving, See you at COP-15 Hydrogen Convergence Party on 11/30/09

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We at the ebTDesign Forum wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday. At the ebTDesign Forum, we use this time to enjoy friends and family. We also take stock of the many gifts we’ve been given like a strong community and a cause like hydrogen convergence. Please be safe and if you …

Away Message: ebTDesign Forum Celebrates 4 year Anniversary

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To the readers and twitter followers: We at the ebTDesign Forum would like to thank you for your support and the community we’ve created. There have been many highlights since the last time we celebrated an anniversary. Too many to list completely so here’s our short list: • Launched the Strategic Network for Industry Cluster …

Announcing: The SNICE Hydrogen Convergence Subgroup

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Today, the ebTDesign Forum is proud to announce the formation of the SNICE Hydrogen Convergence Subgroup on LinkedIn. This strategic network will serve as a starting point for those SNICE members who are concerned with how the introduction of the hydrogen car in 2015 and other related hydrogen technologies will affect the economic health of …

Update: Industry Cluster Empowerment Podcasts

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The new ebTDesign Audio series called “Let’s Talk Industry Cluster Empowerment” is proceeding on course quite rapidly. The goal of these new podcast segments is to start discussions about how to use industry cluster empowerment to drive hometown economies in this country and abroad. Here are a few of the topics we are considering: Putting …

Comments Welcomed on Industry Cluster Empowerment

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Readers of the ebTDesign Forum are encouraged to post their comments about industry cluster empowerment in the LinkedIn group discussions for SNICE (Strategic Network for Industry Cluster Empowerment). We look forward to hearing what you think about the First Rule of Industry Cluster Empowerment and our calls for putting America on a more entrepreneurial footing. …

Why Industry Cluster Empowerment Uses LinkedIn

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Readers of the ebTDesign Forum often ask why we decided to base the Strategic Network for Industry Cluster Empowerment (SNICE) on LinkedIn. The simple answer is access built-in user base of over 30 million members. The most important benefit LinkedIn provides to SNICE is a large network of peers with weak interpersonal ties. These people …